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Catherine Young


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Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. She is author of the poetry collection Geosmin and her memoir of coal country Black Diamonds, Blue Flames is forthcoming from Torrey House Press. Her writing is published in journals nationally and internationally, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. She leads writing workshops and coaches writers of all levels.

Catherine worked as a national park ranger, farmer, mother, and educator before completing her MFA at the University of British Columbia.

Rooted in farm life, she lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. Writings, podcasts, and more are available at:

Her weekly podcasts for Viroqua’s WDRT can be found at:
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Welcoming All Writers in: Accessibility in a Zoom World

Publishing in Literary Journals

Memoir of Place

Memory’s Kitchen: Food as Key in Opening Memory

Map to the Heart: Writing Place

I lead generative thematic writing workshops for all genres as well as lead poetry and creative nonfiction workshops where we find and nurture the heart of the story.

Wisconsin Writers Association

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